Thursday, August 6, 2020

Rapid Testing Could be the Key to Reopening

We're hearing from Alaska fishing lodge owners and charter operators about the new rapid test and home testing kits. Guests can order a home testing kit and get results within the time frame required for flying into Alaska.

In case you haven't seen the latest health and travel mandates in Alaska, here they are:


Health Mandate 010: Interstate and International Travel


Updated: August 6, 2020
Expiration: Until Rescinded


Health Mandate 010 gives clear requirements for all travelers arriving in Alaska from another state or country. These new requirements go into effect on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. For more details visit: https://covid19.alaska.gov/travelers


For all travelers (resident and nonresident):
Complete a Travel Declaration Form and Self-Isolation Plan in the Alaska Travel Portal.
All travelers with negative results must still follow strict social distancing for 14 days after arriving into the state or until the traveler receives a second negative test result from a test taken 7-14 days after arrival.
The five-day pretest option is no longer available for any travelers.

For nonresident travelers:
  • Test 72 hours before departure.
  • Upload negative result into the Alaska Travel Portal or have results available to show screeners at the airport.
  • If still awaiting results by arrival time, travelers will need to upload proof of a test taken into the Alaska Travel Portal or show that proof of a test taken to an airport screener and self-quarantine, at their own expense, while waiting for results. The results must be uploaded into the portal when received.
  • If a nonresident arrives without a pre-test, testing is available for $250 per test. The traveler will be required to quarantine while waiting on results.
  • The 14-day quarantine option is no longer available for nonresident travelers.

For Alaska resident travelers:
  • Test 72 hours prior to departure, with the same rules as listed for nonresidents.
  • Testing at arrival remains available at no cost to Alaska residents.
  • The 14-day quarantine option is still available to Alaska residents.
  • Alaska residents traveling within the state will now have the option of free testing at the airport sites, to prevent bringing the virus into our small communities.
  • Proof of Alaska residency can be shown with one of the following:
  • Alaska driver’s license or state issued ID card.
  • Federally recognized Alaska Tribal identification card.
  • Active duty military ID card or active duty dependent ID card.
  • Employment verification letter on employer letterhead or school verification letter for in-person schooling stating traveler is moving to Alaska for employment or school.

There are two FDA-approved home-collection COVID tests:

  1. Pixel system from LabCorp
  2. Everlywell COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit

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